Nepal has an undercurrent of pervasive, patriarchal social structures and a deep-rooted ethnic caste system woven into the fabric of an otherwise rich, diverse cultural heritage, restricting progress in all major development sectors. For Nepal to become a more democratic and resilient society, it must give women and girls, those who identify as LGBT, people who are differently abled, and those who come from historically marginalized ethnic groups equal access to resources and decision-making opportunities. USAID Nepal’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (2014-2019) explicitly recognizes gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) as integral to achieving its governance, economic growth, and human capital goals.
Violent clashes, unrest continue to impede the delivery of food, fuel, and other critical humanitarian supplies. UN, USG warn of a possible humanitarian crisis, call on parties to resolve border impasse. An estimated 81,000 earthquake-affected households require winterization support.
The National Action Plan for Combating Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis (hereafter referred to as the National Action Plan), developed by an interagency working group in response to Executive Order 13676: Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, identifies a set of targeted interventions that address the core domestic and global challenges posed by MDR-TB and extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB). The recommended interventions represent the U.S. Government's contributions to reversing the worldwide spread of MDR-TB and can help inform policy development processes around the world.
No Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases reported in West Africa in nearly one month. All contacts in Liberia complete 21-day monitoring period. USAID/OFDA partners support adherence to infection prevention and control (IPC) protocols in Liberia. US Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) works to bolster personal protective equipment (PPE) pipeline in Guinea.
The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Re-Branding Afghanistan Creating Jobs, Changing Perceptions, Empowering Women (RACCEW) project aims to create a self-sustaining and diverse Afghan artisan sector that is able to flourish independently, utilizing the experience and expertise acquired by the acclaimed vocational school Turquoise Mountain since it was established in Afghanistan in 2006. By empowering women, instilling pride, and employing thousands of Afghan artisans, RACCEW will create a workforce that will enhance the positive image of Afghanistan around the world.
The Government of Ethiopia (GoE) and humanitarian partners released the 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) for Ethiopia on December 11. The updated HRD identifies 10.2 million people in Ethiopia as requiring relief food assistance and appeals for more than $1.4 billion in assistance for food and non-food humanitarian interventions in 2016.
West African countries have experienced frequent incidents of violent conflict. Although the causes of state fragility and political instability in the region are deeply rooted and structural in nature, there have been occasions when large-scale violence and instability have been sparked by elections or election-related processes.
The Feed the Future C-4 Cotton Partnership (C4CP) Project focuses on three main themes of intervention: sustainable agricultural productivity, creating new and strengthening existing partnerships, and increasing economic and social benefits to women within the “C-4” countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali, where cotton is a main agricultural commodity. Cotton contributes significantly to the national budgets in each country and accounts for a large share of their agricultural export earnings.
With the support of USAID and other donors, Afghanistan began making rapid progress toward World Trade Organization (WTO) accession starting in 2009.
USAID’s Strengthening Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (SEED) project will offer technical support to business service providers, entrepreneurs, and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to help develop new business ideas, strengthen essential business development services, introduce new financial tools, and enhance financial literacy and management. SEED will also focus on improving access to essential financing, information, and technology; reducing bureaucratic procedures; addressing policies that impact ease of doing business; and expanding and improving public one-stop shops responsible for business registration and licensing.
Last updated: April 24, 2017